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Farming

Halt in dairy price slide

Dairy cows. 7:20am Having slumped heavily this year, the prices at the overnight Fonterra milk auction held steady.

Swede fears spread

Cows graze on swedes Fears of swede poisoning could not only affect milking and calving seasons, but also sheep, say experts.

Flock Hill sold to US company

flock hill farm 7:40am US company will gain full control of a Canterbury high country station after appeal fails.

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Irrigator sprays water. Canterbury farmers may be forced to pay the bulk of a $40 million a year irrigation tax.

Final Fonterra report released

Fonterra The Commerce Commission has released a largely unchanged final report on Fonterra's base milk price calculation for the 2013-14 dairy season.

Opinion poll

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Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Swede fears spread

Cows graze on swedes Fears of swede poisoning could not only affect milking and calving seasons, but also sheep, say experts.

Final Fonterra report released

The Commerce Commission has released a largely unchanged final report on Fonterra's base milk price calculation for the 2013-14 dairy season.

Jury is still out

Farm effluent consent approved

Halt in dairy price slide

Having slumped heavily this year, the prices at the overnight Fonterra milk auction held steady.

Environment focus

roast beef Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Scholarship win scores US trip

Breaking fresh ground

Filled with bulls

An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

Wool sector unity closer

wool New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way

Farmers are keeping their gut feelings to themselves as the wool levy vote nudges closer to its result.

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Innovative approach pays off

No time to be sheepish

Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A head for potatoes

Onion secrets shared

Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Not a normal farm

Bryan Tucker A diverse range of animals roam the irrigated fields of a South Wairarapa farm.

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Canterbury farmers may be forced to pay the bulk of a $40 million a year irrigation tax.

Enviro rules testing consultants

Time to value older employees

Flock Hill sold to US company

US company will gain full control of a Canterbury high country station after appeal fails.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.